If you have chronically blocked sinuses, you’re probably suffering from chronic headaches, a swollen face, lethargy and maybe even the loss of your sense of smell and taste – all affecting your enjoyment of everyday life.
After you’ve tried other forms of relief, you might need surgery to improve drainage from your sinuses. Endoscopic sinus surgery is the traditional method of surgery to do this.
We understand that you might feel your life is dominated by the pressure headaches, face pain and exhaustion that chronically blocked sinuses (sinusitis) can cause. If medication and other treatments have failed, then sinuplasty can offer a relief to the pressure.
Your sinuses are hollow air filled spaces in the skull bones. They are connected to your nose and have a similar lining called mucous membrane, which produces a secretion (mucus) to keep the lining moist.
Excess mucus normally drains out of your sinuses and down the back of your throat. If the sinus linings get inflamed (sinusitis), or blocked by an overgrowth (polyp), the mucus will not drain in the normal way.
At Sussex Premier Health, you will have a formal consultation with a Consultant Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeon . During this time you will be able to explain your medical history, symptoms and raise any concerns that you might have.
We will also discuss with you whether any further diagnostic tests, such as scans or blood tests, are needed. Any additional costs will be discussed before further tests are carried out.
On the day of your operation, our ward staff will show you to your own private room. Your private room will have an en-suite bathroom and TV and Wi-Fi facilities.
Endoscopic sinus surgery can be performed as a day-case procedure. It is usually done under general anaesthetic, which means you’ll be asleep during the procedure.
It may be possible to perform the operation under local anaesthetic, which means you’ll still be awake but the sinus tissues will be numb. If you’re having a local anaesthetic, we may offer you a sedative to help you relax during the operation.
Your surgeon will explain what type of operation you need, based on a detailed examination of your nose and a CT scan of the area.
At the end of the operation, dressings may be put in your nose to stop any bleeding.
There is usually no need to stay overnight in hospital following sinus surgery.
After the procedure, you will be taken to your room where you can rest and recuperate until we feel you’re ready to go home.
Once you’re ready to be discharged from hospital, you’ll need to arrange for a friend or family member to take you home as you won’t be able to drive.
For guidance on pain relief and your recovery time, please see our patient information sections below.
Your anaesthetist will prescribe painkillers for the first few days after the operation. Suffering from pain could slow down your recovery, so please discuss any discomfort with your doctors or nurses.
You’ll need to take it easy for a week after sinus surgery and if your work involves heavy lifting, you should try to take at least a week off.
At Sussex Premier Health, your procedure will be performed by your consultant surgeon.
Even after you’ve left hospital, we’re still here when you need us.
If you have any questions or concerns about your recovery you can call and speak to a member of the nursing team at any time, please call 01424 757459.
Typically your consultant will want to see you after your treatment to see how you’re doing; we will arrange a follow up appointment with you before you leave the hospital.
Your consultant will talk to you about the possible risks and complications of having this procedure and how they apply to you.
On rare occasions, complications following sinus surgery can occur.
If you experience a swollen eyelid or bleeding from your nose, please call us straight away.
Our self-pay team will be able to give you a guide price for sinus surgery (Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery).
To speak to a member of our self pay team today, call 01424 757455.